Reality show featuring Houston relatives planned
NEW YORK (AP) — A reality show featuring Whitney Houston's relatives, including daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother Cissy, is in the works.
Houston representative Kristen Foster confirmed the Lifetime show, "The Houston Family Chronicles," on Friday.
It will focus on Pat Houston, sister-in-law and manager of the late singer. Pat Houston is also helping care for Whitney Houston's only child, 19-year-old Bobby Kristina. The show promises to feature Bobbi Kristina and Cissy, as well as Houston's cousin Dionne Warwick, gospel singer CeCe Winans and other members of the Houston family.
"The tragic loss of Whitney Houston left a void in the hearts of people all over the world, but certainly none more so than her beloved family," said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president of programming at Lifetime, in a statement. "In this series, the multi-generations of the Houston family will bravely reveal their lives as they bond together to heal, love, and grow."
Lifetime said "The Houston Family Chronicles" will air this year but released no firm date.
Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, Calif., in February at age 48. Authorities said her death was complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.
Pat Houston, Whitney Houston's brother Gary and Bobbi Kristina spoke about Houston's death in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey's OWN network in March.
Cissy Houston, also a singer, put out her first new music in over a decade on iTunes this week. Cissy, Gary and Bobbi Kristina are expected to appear Saturday in Newark, N.J., at a gospel tribute to the late superstar as part of the annual McDonald's Gospelfest concert.
Bobbi Kristina was part of "Being Bobby Brown," the Bravo TV show that featured her parents in an unfavorable light as their antics were on full display for one season. Whitney Houston later expressed misgivings about doing the show, and Brown recently told Matt Lauer of NBC's "Today" show that "Being Bobby Brown" had served as a wake-up call about how serious the couple's drug use had become.
In a phone interview Friday, Brown said he was unaware of the Houston family show and his daughter's involvement.
"I haven't heard about that and I definitely question it," he said. "But I know my daughter will make the right decisions in her life. She was brought up right."
Brown also said he was planning his own reality show that would reflect his drug-free lifestyle and his new life (he is engaged).
"I'm much smarter, much more of a man I can say than the other show," he said. "I have a different life.